Volunteer

Our volunteers are essential to the success of our summer camps, and we are always looking for more! Below is a description of some of the volunteer needs. No musical experience? No problem! We have non-music related volunteer opportunities too. You may fill out a volunteer form here.

In order to ensure the safety and health of all our campers, staff and volunteers, we are foregoing having an in-person camp experience and are transitioning our program to an online platform. The Virtual Girls Rock Camp sessions will still include live instrument instructions, collaborative workshops and a livestream showcase at the end of each session.

If you are a previous camper and want to be a youth leader intern, please use this form.

Music-Related Volunteer Opportunities at Girls Rock Virtual Camp

(Scroll down for Non-Music Related Volunteer Opportunities)

Instrument Instructors (music experience required). Instrument instructors with experience providing one-on-one lessons online preferred. Instructors must have basic and/or advanced knowledge in the instrument they are teaching and must be prepared to teach students with widely varying levels of experience, learning styles and genres (not just Rock). Experience working with kids in a school or camp setting is a plus but not required.

We love beginners! Some campers will be attempting to play an instrument for the very first time while other will have years of experience and may already be proficient on an instrument. We do our best to match instructors with campers based on experience, skill level and musical interests. Please remember, it’s hard learning something new at any age, so we ask all instructors to provide a little extra patience, understanding and support to our campers, especially during these trying times. We want this experience to be a fun, memorable one for all involved.

We’re looking for instructors who can teach the following:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums/Percussion
  • Keyboards
  • Vocals

This position is typically Monday through Thursday during camp. To apply, fill out an application here.

Band Coaches (music experience required). On the first day of camp, campers form their bands. Each band is then assigned a coach who will facilitate each virtual band practice and help the band members prepare for their showcase performance at the end of the camp. Band coaches guide campers in all aspects of working in a band: setting up, songwriting, learning to play as a group, group communication, and stage presence. They should also be prepared to mediate disputes and model positive feedback and communication skills. This position is typically Monday-Friday afternoons.

Band Managers (music experience not required). Band managers serve as mentors to the campers and must be available throughout the day. Along with the band coach, band managers will also be assigned to a band. Together they monitor the campers’ progress and needs. Band managers support youth through their time at camp, acting as moderators on the social media platforms we use to help protect our campers from external and internal bullying (including self-deprecation), as well as aid in resolving conflicts or disputes, and most importantly, provide encouragement to our campers. Experience working with children in a school or camp setting is a plus. This position is Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Workshop Leaders (music experience not required). We offer a variety of enriching and educational workshops. Workshop leaders will prepare and teach various short classes based on their experience and interest. These have included but are not limited to: Women Who Rock, Screenprinting/Band Art, DJing, Healthy Communication, Zine Making, Stage Presence, Gender and Identity, Media Literacy, Unusual Instruments, Yoga, Recording, Self-Defense. Music Video, and Songwriting. Experience working with children in a school or camp setting is a plus. Instructors are generally responsible for creating their own curriculum and preparing their own materials, but resources are available to help build curriculum. This position can be a 1 hour commitment for one camp day, or a 1 hour commitment for all five camp days, depending on the topic.

Non-Music Related Activities for Girls Rock Virtual Camp

Support for GRA’s “Operation Lunch Box,” a direct relief service to deliver nutritious meals and essential hygiene supplies (including menstrual care products) to campers and their families who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. All positions will adhere to the according to the most up to date health, safety and sanitation standards. We will need volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Supply Sponsors (to provide and/or procure needed supplies)
  • Food Prep
  • Delivery Drivers

Schedules will vary.

First Aid/ Counseling Services. We are always looking for volunteers with first aid and CPR training as well as those with backgrounds in social work or counseling. If you are interested in providing free services to our campers or volunteers, or would like to lead a special workshop, please contact Jamie@girlsrockaustin.org to discuss. Are you volunteering for one of the above positions but also have experience in this area, please let us know!

Compensation

Girls Rock Austin’s staff and volunteers are primarily made up of Austin artists and musicians that are women, gender-minorities and people of color, GRA understands the importance of not exploiting the very people we are trying to help and thus provides need-based stipends to fairly compensate them for their time, travel expenses and supplies. You can apply for a stipend here. Please contact jamie@girlsrockaustin.org with questions regarding volunteer opportunities or stipends.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin
Economic Development Department.